Primary Health Properties — Strategic and accretive Irish expansion

Primary Health Properties (LSE: PHP)

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Primary Health Properties — Strategic and accretive Irish expansion

Primary Health Properties (PHP) has agreed to acquire Ireland’s first Enhanced Community Care (ECC) facility for a total consideration of €30m. With its interim results, PHP highlighted its continued plans for strategic expansion in Ireland, where higher yields support accretive investment in an expanding market. Alongside low-risk, value-creating asset management schemes and accelerating organic rental growth, this represents a key opportunity for continuing growth in income. Our forecasts are for now unchanged.

Martyn King

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Martyn King

Director, Financials

Real Estate

Primary Health Properties

Strategic and accretive Irish expansion

Irish acquisition

Real estate

13 September 2023

Price

95p

Market cap

£1,259m

Net debt (£m) at 30 June 2023

1,270

Net LTV at 30 June 2023

45.6%

Shares in issue

1336.5m

Free float

98%

Code

PHP

Primary exchange

LSE

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

Business description

Primary Health Properties is a long-term investor in primary healthcare property in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Assets are mainly let on long leases to GPs and the NHS or HSE, organisations backed by the UK and Irish governments, respectively. The tenant profile and long average lease duration provide an exceptionally secure rental income stream.

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Martyn King

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Primary Health Properties is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

Primary Health Properties (PHP) has agreed to acquire Ireland’s first Enhanced Community Care (ECC) facility for a total consideration of €30m. With its interim results, PHP highlighted its continued plans for strategic expansion in Ireland, where higher yields support accretive investment in an expanding market. Alongside low-risk, value-creating asset management schemes and accelerating organic rental growth, this represents a key opportunity for continuing growth in income. Our forecasts are for now unchanged.

Year end

Net rental income (£m)

Adj. earnings* (£m)

Adj. EPS**
(p)

Adj. EPRA*** NTA/share (p)

DPS
(p)

P/NTA
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/21

136.7

83.2

6.2

116.7

6.20

0.81

6.5

12/22

141.5

88.7

6.6

112.6

6.50

0.84

6.8

12/23e

149.9

90.1

6.7

111.5

6.70

0.85

7.1

12/24e

154.4

91.9

6.9

111.6

6.90

0.85

7.3

Note: *Excludes valuation movements, amortisation of fair value adjustment to acquired debt and other exceptional items. **Non-diluted. ***Net tangible assets; adjusts for fair value of derivative interest rate contracts and convertible bond, deferred tax and fair value adjustment on acquired debt.

The property to be acquired has excellent environmental credentials and is fully let to the Health Service Executive (HSE) on a 25-year lease with five-yearly, compounded annually, Irish CPI reviews. It will provide a variety of services, primarily to support elderly care and those suffering from a variety of chronic diseases. The Irish ECC initiative is aimed at enhancing community-based health services and reducing pressure on hospital services. It is a €240m initiative with further opportunities for PHP, which has set a target of building its Irish portfolio to c €500m or c 15% of the total (from c €255m or c 8% of the total at H123), for which the January 2023 acquisition of Axis will provide meaningful support. Axis provides a permanent local platform from which to manage PHP’s Irish assets, now increased to 21, and has strengthened the company’s relationship with the HSE, for which Axis provides fit-out, property and facilities management.

In Ireland, as with the UK, the long-term need for primary healthcare facilities is driven by demographic trends and is relatively unaffected by economic conditions. However, compared with the UK, asset yields are higher and funding costs are lower. The terms of the acquisition have not been published, but the net initial yield for PHP’s existing Irish assets at end-H123 was 5.4% compared with the portfolio average of 4.9%.

In other recent announcements, PHP has said that it is in the process of applying for a secondary inward listing on the Main Board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, which it believes will enhance its international investor profile and trading liquidity in its shares. Additionally, it was announced that Mark Davies, a highly experienced executive, having held CEO and CFO roles in listed companies and private equity, will succeed PHP’s founder, Harry Hyman as CEO at the time of PHP's 2024 AGM.

Interim results showed that PHP is well on track to meet its fully covered 6.7p DPS target, the 27th consecutive year of growth.

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